SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Dow Chemical Company has awarded UC Santa Barbara up to $15 million to establish a collaborative research initiative that aims to further technological discovery, according to a press release.
The Dow Materials Institute at UCSB will educate future scientists and engineers and advance the discovery of revolutionary new materials with applications that range from novel polymers to next-generation microelectronics.
The pioneering institute will be housed in the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) that is widely recognized as one of the top materials research facilities in the world.
“This new partnership with the Dow Chemical Company is dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the United States through collaborative research and interactions with industry, thereby serving as a catalyst to transform people''s lives,” said Craig J. Hawker, director of the MRL and professor of materials. “By actively engaging in productive partnerships with industry, the MRL with National Science Foundation MRSEC support has proven to be an economic engine here and around the world.”